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Rep. Louie Gohmert On "The Amazing Greed of the United States Congress”

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas

Our friend Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas is one of the true principled limited government constitutional conservatives in Congress. Louie was one of the leaders of the drive to find a conservative alternative to Speaker Boehner and that alone is one reason to admire his courage and commitment to principle.

One of the things that distinguish Rep. Gohmert from the “talk a good game” Republicans who now dominate Congress is his willingness to tell it like it is about where the current challenges to liberty lie.

Coupled with his propensity for Texas-style storytelling and the incisive mind of the former Chief Justice of Texas’ 12th Court of Appeals that he is has made for some memorable floor speeches from the gentleman from Tyler, Texas.

But it is hard to think of a Louie Gohmert floor speech, or the remarks of any other Member of Congress currently serving in the House, that better summarizes the principle challenge to liberty under the Constitution now facing America’s hard pressed citizenry than what Rep. Gohmert said on the Floor last Thursday.

Speaking in support of the repeal of the Estate Tax Rep. Gohmert remarked that his aunt whose estate ran afoul of the Estate Tax and her heirs didn’t get the “Amazing Grace” of her favorite music box, what they got was “the amazing greed of the United States Congress.”

The amazing greed of the United States Congress.

That phrase summarizes the reason the American economy has been in the doldrums for almost a decade, why we, our children, and our children’s children must repay an $18 trillion and rising national debt, much of it to overseas investors, and why the Social Security Trust Fund remains an unfunded myth created to paper over the spending of the one branch of government the Framers of the Constitution put in charge of the purse strings of government – the United States Congress.

While many, if not most, establishment Republicans will do their best to blame the President or the Democrats there is, in the honesty only Rep. Louie Gohmert and a few other principled limited government constitutional conservative members can muster, only one place to lay the blame – the Republican majority in Congress.

As our friend Terence P. Jeffrey of CNSNews reported, “The federal government ran a budget deficit of $430 billion for the first half of fiscal year 2015, CBO estimates--$17 billion more than the shortfall recorded in the same span last year,” the CBO said in its Monthly Budget Review for March 2015, which was published April 8. “Both revenues and outlays were about 7 percent higher than the amounts recorded in the first six months of fiscal year 2014."

The biggest source of additional tax revenue for the federal government Jeffery tells us was the individual income tax. In the first six months of fiscal 2014, Americans paid the federal government approximately $585,000,000,000 in individual income taxes. In the first six months of fiscal 2015, Americans paid $642,000,000,000 in individual income taxes—an increase of $57 billion (or 9.7 percent) from fiscal 2014.

There’s only one branch of government that sets the tax rates, controls the spending and the borrowing that is driving taxes ever upward and that is the United States Congress.

Especially Republican leaders Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, Senate Committee on the Budget Chairman Mike Enzi, House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan and Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and most especially Hal Rogers, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations Hal Rogers and his Senate counterpart the much reviled Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi.

Boehner and McConnell, both before and after the 2014 midterm election have done precious little to lead their Republican Conferences to actually fight spending, the deficit, debt and the federal government’s insatiable appetite for money that follows.

You see, despite the windfall in additional tax revenue, the federal government ran a bigger deficit in the first half of this fiscal year because federal spending increased even more than federal tax revenues.

Total federal outlays climbed from $1,736,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2014 to $1,851,000,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2015.

And Congress – your Representative and Senators – is responsible for the purse strings and deciding how much gets spent and as a consequence, how much gets paid-off or borrowed or what taxes will be raised as a consequence.

Tax revenues are up, yet so is spending, the deficit and the debt. 

The only way to end “the amazing greed of the United States Congress,” is for We the People to elect new leadership, like Louie Gohmert, who understand that the cost of government is not what it taxes, it is what it spends, and who are committed to do what is required to end the spending, and end the deficit, and end the debt that are strangling liberty under the Constitution.

We urge you to call your Representative and Senators, the Capitol Switchboard 1-866-220-0044, and tell them that you want them to end the Estate Tax, and just as importantly, end the deficit spending that is used to justify today’s confiscatory and job killing tax burden.

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